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William McQuade Elected Council President

At the New Birth of Freedom Council’s Annual Business meeting on Tuesday, May 21, William F. McQuade was elected as Council President, succeeding Dr. Kevin H. Mosser in that role. In his professional life, Bill recently accepted a new position as Vice President Sector Service for the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), based in Arlington,...

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Protecting Our Youth Members Is Our Top Priority


May 1, 2019 Fellow Scouters, Given the news coverage last week regarding the Boy Scouts of America’s efforts to protect our youth members from all forms of abuse, I wanted to share some information on this critical responsibility that may help you address concerns or questions that you or others may have.  First, nothing is...

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Five New Silver Beaver Recipients to Be Recognized

The New Birth of Freedom Council is excited to announce that on Saturday, May 4, we will be recognizing five new Silver Beaver recipients at the Council’s Volunteer Recognition Banquet and District Receptions at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg. Richard Hess – Chartered Organization Representative for Pack and Troop 51; Assistant District Commissioner, Pioneer District...

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What Leaders and Parents Think About Our Summer Camps – Listening Sessions 2018

In 2018, representatives from the Council Executive Board, Council Camping and Properties Committee, Camp Strategic Planning Committee, Commissioner Cabinet, and Council Unit Relations Taskforce embarked on engaging unit leaders and parents in discussions about their Scouting experiences in the New Birth of Freedom Council.  The objective of the group was to gather feedback in two...

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Silver Beaver Nominations Due By March 1, 2019

The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. This award is presented to adults who have significantly contributed to the Scouting program over a longer period of time in a manner showing an exceptional personal commitment to youth and Scouting.  The award...

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What You Need to Know About the BSA’s Financial Situation

By now, many of you have probably seen or heard the recent news reports speculating that the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America (“National BSA”) is considering filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which allows reorganization under the bankruptcy laws of the United States. National BSA has shared with all local councils that...

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Come Learn All About Scoutbook on December 12

Scoutbook is the BSA’s online unit management tool and helps Scouts, parents and leaders track advancement and milestone achievement along the way. Scoutbook will be free to all BSA units starting January 1, 2019 and we want to help your unit prepare to access Scoutbook’s powerful features, which are available on any device.   We’re...

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Scouts BSA – Important Implementation Details

One of the characteristics of Scouting—for over a hundred years—is that no matter when you join, however long you stay, or the rank you attain, the Scouting experience prepares you for life. And for some, the pinnacle of their Scouting experience is achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout. The policies of the BSA indicate...

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Insurance Fee Now Part of 2019 Unit Rechartering Process

Dear New Birth of Freedom Volunteer Leaders: Like many other organizations, balancing our Council’s annual operating budget is often a difficult challenge. In fact, in 2017, we had an operating deficit of just over $126,000 – our first deficit year since the Council was formed in 2010. As you might expect, it wasn’t just one...

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